Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Purpose and Nature of Humanity

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:27

When God created humanity, He had two overarching purpose in mind: relation and vacation. The first purpose is God's personal reason for creating us for relationship with Himself. The second is His executive reason for creating us for the lifework He designed us to carry our for Him in the earth.

Why Did God Create Man?

The ultimate purpose behind the creation of man was and is- love. 1 John 4:8, 16 tells us that God doesn't just give love, He doesn't just show love, He is love. He desires to share His love with us because love is His essential quality.

God ha many other qualities besides love that we could list. He is righteous, holy, omnipotent, almighty. He is all of these wonderful things. Yet God could be all of these attributes and still exist by Himself in isolation. He doesn't need anyone else in order to be holy. He doesn't need anyone else to be righteous. He doesn't need anyone to be almighty. He can be omnipotent, omnipresent, and all the rest of His qualities by Himself. However, it is the nature of love to give of itself, and it cannot give in isolation. In order for love to be fulfilled, it has to have someone to love, and it has to give to its beloved.